Trump Isn't Receiving His Daily Intelligence Briefings: Officials

'Trump has a lot of catching up to do'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2016 1:30 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2016 7:00 AM CST
Officials say Donald Trump has been turning down nearly every opportunity to receive daily intelligence briefings.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – George W. Bush and Bill Clinton received daily intelligence briefings after winning their elections, and Barack Obama was said to be an "avid consumer of intelligence" as president-elect. But US officials tell the Washington Post that Donald Trump has only had two intelligence briefings since defeating Hillary Clinton and has been turning down further briefings. The daily intelligence briefings include information on "global developments and security threats" from all 16 US intelligence agencies. "Trump has a lot of catching up to do," one senior US official says.

But Trump's team says the president-elect has simply been too busy putting together his administration. "National security is Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority, and I think he’s taking it very seriously," a senior member of his transition team tells the Post. The official points to Trump's meetings and phone calls with world leaders as evidence and says people criticizing Trump "need to get a life." But government officials critical of Trump say it's further evidence he doesn't really care about the ins and outs of the job. A former deputy CIA director says Trump is "missing out on a golden opportunity." On the other hand, Mike Pence has been receiving intelligence briefings nearly everyday. Read the full story here. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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